History ObfuscatingStupidity / AnimeAndManga

8th Sep '16 7:31:10 AM whereismytea
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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', [[GuileHero Yukimura]] cultivates an image of a lazy bumbling lord very carefully, especially among his peers, to maintain PlausibleDeniability for some of his [[TheChessmaster riskier moves]].
12th Jul '16 12:33:10 PM Quanyails
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* Recently, in ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' [[spoiler: Kaede]] has been shown constantly as the [[spoiler: InnocentBystander]] that [[spoiler: always gets into [[DistressedDamsel trouble]] and likes [[GenderBender female-Natsuru]]]], but [[spoiler: she is actually in league with the Moderators and has been [[TheChessMaster manipulating almost everyone into doing her bidding.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Seems more like it's a split personality style (the anime at least)]]

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* Recently, in In ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' [[spoiler: Kaede]] has been shown constantly as the [[spoiler: InnocentBystander]] InnocentBystander that [[spoiler: always gets into [[DistressedDamsel trouble]] and likes [[GenderBender female-Natsuru]]]], female-Natsuru]], but [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she is actually in league with the Moderators and has been [[TheChessMaster manipulating almost everyone into doing her bidding.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Seems more like it's a split personality style (the anime at least)]]least).]]
12th Jul '16 12:24:56 PM Quanyails
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** Roy Mustang. A good-looking soldier, who only cares for promotions [[spoiler:and has sworn to protect his comrades and underlings using his position and power]]. He dates several girls at the same time, [[spoiler:using this so that people wouldn't notice him too much]]. He constantly goes to a brothel/pub with a lot of girls, [[spoiler:(to gain information from the girls. Also, the pub owner is his foster-mother]]. He uses military phones to call his girlfriends, [[spoiler: in order to direct the 'girlfriends' in coordinated attack]]. Finally, his assistant has to keep him in check, [[spoiler:read: stop him from going too far with/away from his idealism]]. Sounds like a [[JerkJock bastard]], doesn't he? [[spoiler:[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Good thing]] [[JerkassFacade he isn't]].]]

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** Roy Mustang. A good-looking soldier, who only cares for promotions [[spoiler:and has sworn to protect his comrades and underlings using his position and power]]. He dates several girls at the same time, [[spoiler:using this so that people wouldn't notice him too much]]. He constantly goes to a brothel/pub with a lot of girls, [[spoiler:(to [[spoiler:to gain information from the girls. Also, the pub owner is his foster-mother]]. He uses military phones to call his girlfriends, [[spoiler: in order to direct the 'girlfriends' in coordinated attack]]. Finally, his assistant has to keep him in check, [[spoiler:read: stop him from going too far with/away from his idealism]]. Sounds like a [[JerkJock bastard]], doesn't he? [[spoiler:[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Good thing]] [[JerkassFacade he isn't]].]]
11th Jul '16 12:27:39 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': At first, the platoon believed Keroro was doing this. Turns out he's just stupid.
7th Jul '16 7:59:58 AM F1Krazy
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** Kyon. Much more obvious in the light novels) often appears as a BookDumb student no better than a janitor. Granted, he cannot comprehend Koizumi's theories ([[ViewersAreGeniuses Can you?]]) or Haruhi when she's at deducing and solving math problems. He doesn't even want to listen. However, he usually knows ''exactly'' what's going on, especially if it comes to figuring out other characters' hidden motives and feelings. Being the UnreliableNarrator he is, he may even fool the reader. Also made more clear through LittleProfessorDialog; he drops a suspicious number of references to concepts he claims to know nothing about.
** To quote the man himself, when he alone solves the fake murder (In the novels):

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** Kyon. Much more obvious in the light novels) novels, where he often appears as a BookDumb student no better than a janitor. Granted, he cannot comprehend Koizumi's theories ([[ViewersAreGeniuses Can can you?]]) or Haruhi Yuki when she's at deducing and solving math problems. He doesn't even want to listen. However, he usually knows ''exactly'' what's going on, especially if it comes to figuring out other characters' hidden motives and feelings. Being the UnreliableNarrator he is, he may even fool the reader. Also made more clear through LittleProfessorDialog; he drops a suspicious number of references to concepts he claims to know nothing about.
** To quote the man himself, when he alone solves the fake murder (In (in the novels):



** The whole SOS brigade sort of counts here. Kyon suspects Koizumi of doing this; Koizumi suspects Mikuru of doing this. And no-one outside the brigade pays much attention to Yuki, just sitting in a corner reading.

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** The whole SOS brigade Brigade sort of counts here. Kyon suspects Koizumi of doing this; Koizumi suspects Mikuru of doing this. And no-one outside the brigade pays much attention to Yuki, just sitting in a corner reading.



* Mrs. Ketchum (Ash's (hot) mom) in ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' is another borderline case. She's been a single mom for as long as the anime has been on the air, but it's later revealed she was a student of Professor Oak's, and an exceptional one, at that. Chances are she just comes off as uninformed since she had to put her studies, and such behind once Ash was born.
* Though more of an ExtremeDoormat subversion, almost all of the characters in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' believe that Anthy has absolutely no thoughts of her own. ''Right''...just like Akio's a [[ManipulativeBastard good guy]]...

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* Mrs. Ketchum (Ash's (hot) mom) in ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' is another borderline case. She's been a single mom for as long as the anime has been on the air, but it's later revealed she was a student of Professor Oak's, and an exceptional one, at that. Chances are she just comes off as uninformed since she had to put her studies, studies and such behind once Ash was born.
* Though more of an ExtremeDoormat subversion, almost all of the characters in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' believe that Anthy has absolutely no thoughts of her own. ''Right''... just like Akio's a [[ManipulativeBastard good guy]]...


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* In ''Anime{{Kiznaiver}}'', this is considered by Sonozaki to be Nico's "sin". She's smart, pretty, and comes from a rich family, so she fears that people will hate her for being "perfect" and intentionally plays up her CloudCuckooLander tendencies, making her seem like TheDitz instead. She's actually a GeniusDitz, and one of the smartest members of the main cast. For example, when the group are trying to track down the seventh Kiznaiver, who they know to be a member of the class, most of the characters run off to interrogate individual people. Nico simply stands at the back of the classroom, lightly punches Katsuhira in the back of the head (hard enough to activate the Kizna System but not hard enough to draw attention to herself), and waits to see who reacts.
4th Jul '16 12:12:48 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[TheObiWan Jiraiya]] definitely displays this trope. At the start of battles, he acts like an idiot and makes great, unneeded moves, to throw off the enemy to underestimating him. When they attack...he attacks with utmost seriousness to put them down in the most efficient way possible. Outside of battle, it's hard to take him seriously due to his perverted actions and his tendency to hang out in the RedLightDistrict. As it turns out, a large number of contacts in his spy network can be found in said districts.

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** [[TheObiWan Jiraiya]] Jiraiya definitely displays this trope. At the start of battles, he acts like an idiot and makes great, unneeded moves, to throw off the enemy to underestimating him. When they attack...he attacks with utmost seriousness to put them down in the most efficient way possible. Outside of battle, it's hard to take him seriously due to his perverted actions and his tendency to hang out in the RedLightDistrict. As it turns out, a large number of contacts in his spy network can be found in said districts.
25th May '16 11:46:44 AM Berry23
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** Actually, most of the Hetalia characters are probably this in some way. France acts llike a narcissic flamboyant pervert most of the time, but he's been shown to have HiddenDepths. America can't read the atmosphere, but he does so intentionally - he could if he ''wanted'' to. Spain is a clueless dork, but has a scary side to him.

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** Actually, most of the Hetalia characters are probably this in some way. France acts llike a narcissic flamboyant pervert most of the time, but he's been shown to have HiddenDepths. America can't is obnoxious and 'can't read the atmosphere, atmosphere' of a situation, but he does so intentionally - he could if he ''wanted'' to. Spain is a clueless clueless, tomato loving dork, but has a scary side to him.him. England is an cranky old Tsundere who still believes in ancient folklore about fairies, but he also founded the British Empire. Japan is a painfully polite, reserved country, who also disowned his adoptive older brother China and presumably did horrible things to him with a katana.
24th May '16 4:54:05 PM sgamer82
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** In truth all soldiers in Mustang's group except Hawkeye (who doesn't hide her smarts) are eligible, because every soldier in ''FMA'' has a [[TheMasquerade mask]].

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** In truth all soldiers in Mustang's group except Hawkeye (who doesn't hide her smarts) are eligible, because every soldier in ''FMA'' has a [[TheMasquerade mask]].mask.
25th Mar '16 8:53:37 AM Willbyr
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* In ''TigerAndBunny'', there are hints that Kotetsu exaggerates his klutziness and incompetence as a way making it easier for people to disregard him (and thus keep them from getting too close to him and worrying about him). WordOfGod confirms this.

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* In ''TigerAndBunny'', ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', there are hints that Kotetsu exaggerates his klutziness and incompetence as a way making it easier for people to disregard him (and thus keep them from getting too close to him and worrying about him). WordOfGod confirms this.



* Kami does this when he possesses a human in ''DragonBall.'' He poses as an incredibly dumb and very lucky fighter during the third tournament storyline, but reveals his true colors while fighting Yamcha.

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* Kami does this when he possesses a human in ''DragonBall.''Manga/DragonBall.'' He poses as an incredibly dumb and very lucky fighter during the third tournament storyline, but reveals his true colors while fighting Yamcha.
18th Mar '16 12:40:53 PM Willbyr
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** Kenichi of all people pulls this off in chapter 307. [[spoiler: He already figured out that Kushinada is a member of YOMI. He's trying to win her over without a fight because he WouldntHitAGirl.]]

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** Kenichi of all people pulls this off in chapter 307. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He already figured out that Kushinada is a member of YOMI. He's trying to win her over without a fight because he WouldntHitAGirl.]]



* Nineteen-year-old Emperor Shi Ryuuki in ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'' is initially called "stupid emperor" by members of his court disgusted by his complete lack of interest in ruling his empire, and his habit of spending his days hiding from court officials and spending his nights sleeping with other men. When properly motivated, however, Ryuuki reveals that he has a ''much'' defter hand for political intrigue than anyone suspected, and that there's a very good reason that he is the only one of six brothers to survive the imperial court long enough to take the throne; he cultivated the "stupid emperor" image as a survival mechanism, and refuses to rule in the hopes that his exiled older brother Prince Seien will return to take his place.

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* Nineteen-year-old Emperor Shi Ryuuki in ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'' ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' is initially called "stupid emperor" by members of his court disgusted by his complete lack of interest in ruling his empire, and his habit of spending his days hiding from court officials and spending his nights sleeping with other men. When properly motivated, however, Ryuuki reveals that he has a ''much'' defter hand for political intrigue than anyone suspected, and that there's a very good reason that he is the only one of six brothers to survive the imperial court long enough to take the throne; he cultivated the "stupid emperor" image as a survival mechanism, and refuses to rule in the hopes that his exiled older brother Prince Seien will return to take his place.
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